Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Under the Influence

Title: Under the Influence
Author: VJ Summers
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419929953
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Ben awakens without any idea where he is. Soon Ben realizes that he is in Max’s studio apartment. Not that he was opposed to waking up in Max’s apartment, Ben just wished he could remember how he got there. Especially since Max has never shown any initiative to get him here before.

Under the Influence is an amusing romance interwoven with a serious theme. The setting is a night club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The characters are believable. Max is a detective working undercover in the Candyland club to bust a drug dealer. Because of his immediate attraction to Ben, Max is sidetracked; he spends more time watching Ben than he does looking for clues. Patrons continue to overdose in record numbers, leaving Max frustrated by his lack of progress on this case.

Ben is a sociology grad student at University of Michigan. With his thesis on the Goth subculture finished, Ben has no reason to visit the nightclub anymore, other than his deep attraction for Max. Ben has tried to seduce Max for three months without success. When Ben becomes the victim of the drug dealer, it is Max who rescues Ben. Max and Ben’s one taste of intimacy is enough to keep them both returning for more. Under the Influence has a little mystery, emotional combat and fantastic lovemaking. VJ Summers has created an impressive saga that I greatly enjoyed.

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